So, why should I add a dormer and what are the options and benefits?
If your home, or even if you rent your own property and it slightly below the traditional two-stories in total height, any rooms that reside directly below the roof, more than often than not, they offer up floor space that remains redundant. While the style of the house may be charming, much of the second-floor space may not be the most practical and therefore remain unused.
The question is? Are those levels a proverbial waste of space?
The simple answer is, not at all.
If you’re investigating viable options to increase the usable space, your first port of call would be by considering adding Dormers to your home. Typically, the addition of smaller dormer can increase that usable space, whilst also providing you the option to add extra light into your home, whilst altering the original dynamics by formulating a unique, practical and interesting detail to your home or your rented properties exterior, thus improving the desired curb appeal.
While you could push the boat out, so to speak, and technically raise the entire roof, be under no illusion, this project comes with a high cost that is disruptive to your household.
Dormers offer a far more affordable alternative, increasing add the overall square meterage and producing that all-important headroom you seek. A dormer heightens sections of the room, increasing extra headroom, and releasing previously dormant or unusable space. There is no argument against adding roof windows and skylights will brighten the newly created extra foot space, but they do not increase any viable and potentially usable space like a Dormer will.
Thank you for restoring the 2 Dormer Roofs we have. Our roof looks amazing again!
B. Robinson, Newcastle.
- So, what are the most popular designs of Dormer?
- What would it cost?
- And how will it benefit me?
The addition of one or more dormers in a section of your home where you are convinced that you would benefit across all areas, can prove to be a very affordable solution and potentially appreciate the property financially.
A Dormer is a projection built into your existing roof space which increases vertically a percentage of your existing roof line. The consensus for the consideration of adding a Dormer are the same as elevating the roof. LORD Roofing and Grounds Works personally assign Project Managers whom are at your disposal for any questions, or assistance you may require when planning the schedule of your project. From arranging appointments with accredited and respected architects for any relevant plans that may be required, to liaising with Building Control/Regulations and possibly even Listed Building Consent. Deciding the time-scale for when the project will commence to the deadline date. LORD will be there every step of the way, making it a pleasant and painless experience for all our clients.
The range of Dormers and designs increase from year to year, giving the consumer more choice than ever before, but also more decisions when choosing the perfect Dormer, which also must fall within budget.
The variation in costs of your new Dormer will depend on the overall size, internal fittings, choice of glazing, structural requirements, style of roofs, either pitched with slate, clay or concrete, or the more modern GRP Fibreglass and EPDM Rubber variants. Then arguably the most important and critical decision will be with regards your choice of contractor.
Again, prices can vary quite considerably, considering each company individually based upon the most reputable, accredited, Insurance-backed with regards warranties, and quality of tradesman, and previous client’s reviews. Add into the equation., scaffolding costs, then your personal choice of finish. Ranging from Skylights, Velux windows, Sky Lanterns, fascia, cladding, UPVC, high-grade timbers, Code 5 lead, type of insulation for all faces, and skip hire. The list goes on. Although once complete, and before deadline day, it can be extremely rewarding for both the chosen company and respective tradesman working under the company brand. And nobody more so than the clients themselves.
LORD Roofing and Grounds Works Directors and Regional Managers have worked exclusively on a wide variation of Dormer projects. LORD Director James Moore was chosen ahead of many candidates from both Leeds and Harrogate by Ms Ruth Donnelly, a National Award-Winning Architect, to construct a high specification Dormer with his specialist tradesman. The project required meticulous planning, due to the strict time restrictions to complete the project at her home, in Harrogate in 2016. This was in no small part, in lieu of the birth of her first child to fellow architect, James Mate.
The complete and extensive project was complete with 5 days ahead of schedule, much to the obvious delight of our clients. The project included a new Grade 1 Spanish slate re-roof, with Velux windows, a chimney stack re-build and full loft conversion, to complete, highly specified finish. Floorings dropped, ceilings dropped to create the required headspace, and a new premium-grade staircase with hand-carved spindles, new internal doors, HSE compliant fixtures and fittings and Argon Gas filled AA feature windows to the rear. Completed with a professional full paint redecoration to all levels.
Also, our Master Slaters and Render and Lead Specialists have worked all over the UK, Europe, as well as locally over the years, and are highly respected from their peers throughout the North East for their skill-sets, knowledge, workmanship with the type of experience you simply cannot buy or be even taught.
So, if you’re contemplating having either your existing Dormer restored or repaired, or maybe looking for expanding any existing space and considering your options with regards a beautifully constructed new Dormer, look no further than LORD Roofing and Grounds Works.
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